Earlier this year, we reported on BMW’s plans to launch a new rear-wheel drive platform by 2016. Dubbed “35up”, the new platform will debut alongside the next generation 7 Series.
AutomotiveNews now confirms what we reported before: the platform will also be used for the 3, 5 and 6 Series.
The platform will be used for both rear-wheel drive and xDrive vehicles and mixes high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber. Vehicles, like the new G30 5 Series will drop around 80 kg from today’s 5 Series.
Lightweight is the key to the 2017 BMW X3 and the new model is said to be 200 lbs lighter than the current generation.
From 2016 through 2018, BMW will renew many of its models, so most of the fleet will be based off the new “35up” platform. The smaller vehicles will be based on the front-wheel-drive UKL platform that is shared with MINI.
The first BMW using UKL is the 2-series Active Tourer.
The new BMW 7 Series will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the United States in late 2015 or early 2016.